90th Anniversary Event: How Migration to New York Shaped the Politics of Race and Citizenship in Late-19th Century Cuba on 10/6

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The History Department at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University presents

A Lecture in Honor of Otey Scruggs

In February 2014, Emeritus Professor Otey Scruggs passed away after a long illness. Dr. Scruggs taught at Syracuse University from 1969 to 1995. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His publications include Braceros, ‘Wetbacks,’ and the Farm Labor Problem: A History of Mexican Agricultural Labor in the U.S., 1942-1954 and We the Children of Africa in this Land, Alexander Crummell. His son Jeffrey Scruggs and wife Robbin Mitchell have established the Otey and Barbara Scruggs History Fund.

“You do not know, nor can you suppose, how hard it is for the man of color to live in this northern land.”

How Migration to New York Shaped the Politics of Race and Citizenship in Late-19th Century Cuba

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

University of Michigan

Dr. Hoffnung-Garskof is associate professor of American culture and history and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of the book A Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1950.

Responses by: 

 Andrew Wender Cohen, Department of History

Gladys McCormick, Department of History

Maxwell Hall, Room 204

Monday, October 6
p.m.

Reception following the lecture
Guests are welcome and no RSVP is required

            Follow this link for visitor parking options

For more information about this event, contact Carol Faulkner, Professor of History at cfaulkne@maxwell.syr.edu


This event is presented in conjunction with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Maxwell School.


The History Department is one of the oldest departments in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, having granted its first Ph.D. in 1883.

For undergraduates, the department focuses on the broad relevance of history to a variety of careers — given the discipline’s emphasis on research, writing, and critical thinking. All students complete an original research project, either through the required senior research seminar or the BA with Distinction. Our active chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, plans field trips and hosts graduate school and career workshops. Undergraduate majors have gone on to careers in law, politics, education, journalism, business, and medicine.

Our graduate program is characterized by close intellectual and working relationships between students and faculty. Recent graduates have received appointments on college and university faculties, in libraries and archives, and in federal and state government agencies.

The department includes 26 current and 10 emeritus faculty members, and many have received national and international recognition for their work. The faculty includes historians of the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and the Ancient World.  In addition to geographic and chronological focuses, our colleagues teach in fields such as political, social, military, and cultural history, with particular interest in political violence, empire, religion, law, women, gender and sexuality, labor, race and ethnicity, and intellectual history.

Understanding history — the record of what people have thought, said, and done — is essential in understanding the world of today. Undergraduate and graduate students explore not only events of the past, but their meaning and implications for our own lives. For more information visit  The Maxwell School Department of History.

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